Gombe Governor, Dankwambo, clamps down on APC members, properties, party claims

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo
Gombe Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the acts of intolerance by Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who has been working hard to obliterate the APC presence and also victimize the party’s members in the state.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the governor’s actions when he visited Kashere, the hometown of his predecessor, Danjuma Goje, on Thursday, were despicable and barbaric, and should be condemned by all right thinking people.

“During his visit, Gov. Dankwambo personally ordered the removal of all APC billboards and posters in the town, ordered the police and the army to break into Senator Goje’s family house, where they broke down doors, teargased and arrested his relations, including children.

“The governor also ordered the same security forces to break into the family house of Senator Goje’s wife, where they similarly destroyed doors and teargased the occupants, including the 90-year-old father of Senator Goje’s wife and the Senator’s wife’s 70-year-old stepmother, while all her sisters and brothers were arrested.

“All those arrested, numbering over 50, are now being detained at the police headquarters in the state capital, Gombe, while the governor has also ordered the arrest of anyone who tries to secure bail for those in detention. In Gombe town, the governor has gone further to order the police to remove all APC billboards and posters in the town. In other words, as far as the governor is concerned, it is a criminal offence for anyone to belong to the APC in his state.
“This is intolerance of the highest order and negates the tenets of democracy. It is important for the governor’s party, the PDP, which has been professing political tolerance, to call the emerging little dictator to order before he destroys the state in a fit of primeval rage,” it said.
The APC described as a cruel irony the fact that the PDP, which has been busy criticizing the APC for fielding an “old” man as a presidential candidate, is home to a man who was born in post-independent Nigeria but has chosen to behave like a 19th century emperor.

“Nigeria has 170 million people and all of them cannot belong to the same political party. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which the governor swore to uphold, allows freedom of association. Therefore, it is not only crude but downright unconstitutional for Gov. Dankwambo to be victimizing those who chose not to belong to his party.

“It is also uncharitable and brazen of the Governor to have treated his predecessor the way and manner he has treated Senator Goje. How will he feel if his successor treats him the same way, for no other reason than his choice of which party to belong to?” the party queried, urging Governor Dankwambo to toe the path of decency and tolerance henceforth.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Lagos, Dec. 20th 2014


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  • Funso

    This is PDP democracy under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan. This is how th same PDPigs imported three thugs into the Ekiti state house assembly and these THUGS actually voted under the mace! That is PDPig democracy for you under the watch of President Jonathan

    • shazeb

      Very soon high bp awaits u n ur family cos of Jonathan. Keep blamin Jonathan for every tin

  • malam amadi

    mr. dan whatever your political days are numbered youll soon go to PDP Valhalla

  • Spoken word

    Dankwambo is obviously a small minded man.

    • israel amulum

      Have you heard from the other side.big minded man.



        • Otile

          Abubarkar, don’t laugh. A monkey does not laugh at a burning bush. APC ba kyau.

      • Spoken word

        What will he say.of course he will deny that it happened.the guy is desperate and we all know it.shine your eye Mr man.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    He is a Drunkard. He should know PDP for allowing boko haram to flourish has no place in the North East. Dankwanbo would soon be history.

  • Salisu James

    All these things described by Lai Mohammed are antics of Dajuma Goje, he organised the attack and turned round crying foul………he will run to the police and the press as demonstrated now……don’t forget Gombe had the worst civilian dictator in the person of Goje when he was the Gov. operating the dreaded Kalare militia

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    The action of the Gombe State Governor is not surprising because it seems that is the philosophy of his party.

  • kamal

    There is nothin wrong with dankwambo’s action afterall goje did worse in d history of thuggery in gombe. It’s a case of “wat u did, eventually cumin back to u” goje is knwn for barbarism, thuggery (kalare), attackin opposition, killing etc. We have records n enof evidence of such evil acts of goje. So why pity him now? Whr was lai mohammed when goje was exhibiting his foolishness? The evil man goje is only hiding behind Buhari n d APC just to win elections n continue his life of hooliganism n terror. I am in support of Buhari n APC, but 100 percent PDP in Gombe.

  • Johnson Omale

    Drunkwambo is at it again.

    • Otile

      Is this you own contribution to the discussion? Hatred is no gwudu oo.

  • Babagana Gashi Mustapha

    Clamping down on opposition is injustice and injustice breeds violence and breakdown of law and order. If at all that is what the Governor is doing then he must be prepared to shoulder responsibilities that comes with such actions. The tenets of democracy and freedom of speech and association must be allowed to roost. Nigerians must be wise enough not to create more difficulties for one another than we already have as a nation due to suppression and oppression.

  • Sully

    APC is a criminal organization in Gombe state, simple!

  • Oleku

    Good job Dankwambo, please demolish every structure of the Islamic congress in Gombe–they should move them over to Mubi ati Borno–soon we shall bring every of their shariarist structure found in Biafra to rubbles-nonsense

  • Great Nigeria

    Fulfilling the promise he made to Jonathan regarding the 2015 election.
    In a democratic society his actions should have been checkmated by the law. Well since Jonathan and his associates are the intepreters and the enforcers of law then this is what you get from a Jonathan’s government.
    This Dankwambo is another Stella Oduah in the making.

  • Usman

    That’s what happens when a state is under the control of thugs that see nothing beyond loosing out in an election

  • nmekamegbulem

    Why is Lai mohammed always economic with the truth? The truth is that Dankwambo is not a member of boko haram and is doing every thing possible to dismantle every structure of boko haram in his state. Apc can go and hug electric pole if they don’t want peace in their domain. The few incussions of boko haram into Gombe of late is the handwork of Apc and Dankwambo is their match.

  • nmekamegbulem

    Why is lai mohammed always economical with the truth? The truth is that Dankwambo is not a member of boko haram and is doing everything possible to protect his state. The few incussions of boko haram into Gombe of late is the handwork of Apc and their millitary wing [boko haram] but dankwambo is pro-actively destroying their plans. Let lai mohammed with his party go and hug electric pole if they don’t want peace in their domaIn

  • Thepeople

    PDP the Nazi party of Nigeria. The world is watching and The Hague awaits.

  • Salisu James

    Now we know APC in Gombe State is synonymous with Kalare and Thurgery with Goje as a determinant of who is to be what in Gombe APC…..Lai Mohammed should not go into something he does no know…..time immemorial Goje of Gombe has been terrorising the people of Gombe State, it was only when he left as a Senator that respite came their way only for him to rear his ugly Kalare head with the advent of politicking, only God knows how many more Gombe citizens lives would be lost in the hands of Goje’s Kalare Militia in 2015……..GMB and Lai Mohammed should put it on record that Goje’s APC is Kalare APC.